On February 26th, the first working session of the Secretariat of the First China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo (CAETE) was held in Changsha. Mr. He Baoxiang, Vice Chair and Secretary General of the Committee and Vice Governor of Hunan Provincial People’s Government, addressed the conference.
Mr. Luo Jianjun, Deputy Secretary General of the Secretariat and Deputy Secretary General of Hunan Provincial People’s Government, moderated the conference.
MOFCOM Department of Western Asian and African Affairs, MOFCOM Foreign Trade Development Bureau, Export-Import Bank of China, China Development Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China International Contractors Association, China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products, as well as representatives from 8 provincial institutions, including Publicity Department of CPC Hunan Provincial Committee, Office of Foreign Affairs Commission of CPC Hunan Provincial Committee, Hunan Provincial Public Security Department, Hunan Provincial Department of Finance, Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of Hunan Province, CCPIT Hunan Sub-council, Hunan Broadcasting System, and People's Government of Changsha Municipality addressed the conference. Other participants included heads of 47 members of the organizing committee, persons in charge of all groups and departments of the Secretariat.
At the conference, the consensus of the first working conference of the organizing committee was conveyed. Mr. Xu Xiangping, Executive Deputy Secretary General of the Secretariat and Director General of Department of Commerce of Hunan Province, delivered a work report on preparations made and for the next-phase. The conference reviewed and adopted the work programs for the Secretariat, for each department, and for major events and priority work.
Mr. Zhong Shan, Minister of MOFCOM, emphasized the significance of China-Africa cooperation, and noted that CAETE was an important national platform for China-Africa economic and trade partnership, and the preparation need to be thorough and meticulous. He said, we aimed to make CAETE a new mechanism for China-Africa economic and trade partnership, a new platform for implementing the economic and trade initiatives under FOCAC, and a new channel for the economic and trade cooperation with Africa at the local level. Mr. Xu Dazhe, Governor of People’s Government of Hunan Province, stressed that guided by President Xi Jinping’s keynote speech at the FOCAC 2018 Beijing Summit, Hunan Province would go all out to make the First CAETE stand out, achieve tangible results and become a recognized brand expo.
Mr. He Baoxiang said, CAETE was the effort to implement the first initiative of the “Eight Major Initiatives” proposed by President Xi Jinping at the FOCAC 2018 Beijing Summit. It is one of the most important platforms for economic and trade cooperation under FOCAC and the very first international platform of the kind at the national level held regularly in Hunan Province. The CAETE is not only a national strategy, but also presents Hunan a significant opportunity to implement the strategy of opening up for development.
Mr. He Baoxiang further stressed that members of the organizing committee shall clarify goals, identify priorities, and enhance communication and coordination with the determination to make the First CAETE a distinctive and fruitful expo with far-reaching impact.